Since its launch in 1951, the Land Cruiser has become one of the most widely-known and well-respected off-roaders of all time, selling 10.4 million vehicles throughout 170 different countries around the world. Over the years, it’s seen quite the transformation, becoming larger, more refined, and technologically superior in every way.
The latest addition to the Land Cruiser lineage comes in the form of the LC300 — the model’s first update since 2007. Around the front, Toyota has given it a pretty prominent facelift, with an enlarged grille and bumper as well as some repositioned lighting to avoid damage incurred off-road. Underneath, the LC300 adopts the newly-developed GA-F platform, retaining a body-on-frame construction but gaining improved suspension, wheel-articulation, and road-holding in the process. Pop the hood, and you’ll find that it loses the naturally-aspirated 5.7L V8 in favor of a newly-developed twin-turbo V6. Available in both 3.5L gasoline and 3.3L diesel flavors, the former puts down an improved 409hp and 470lb-ft of torque while the latter is good for 305hp and 516lb-ft of torque. Oh, and should you be interested in an even more performance-oriented vehicle, Toyota will also be building an off-road-ready GR spec. Too bad the new Land Cruiser won’t be landing Stateside.